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January 27
Start Next Quarter Survey

​New online eligibility tool helps students find out if they can access special funding for workforce education and training at Yakima Valley Community College

Start Next Quarter Survey

Yakima Campus – Yakima Valley Community College in collaboration with the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges is excited to announce Start Next Quarter. The anonymous survey allows prospective and current students the chance to see if they pre-qualify to receive special funding to help pay for workforce education and training programs at YVCC.

The online eligibility tool allows students to determine whether or not they are eligible for funding through Worker Retraining, Basic Food, Education and Training (BFET), WorkFirst, and/or the Opportunity Grant. Following the survey students have the option to connect with college staff, attend a workshop to learn more, or get started with the enrollment process.


History
Community and Technical Colleges have always worked to improve access for all students. Various tools have been developed to link potential students directly to workforce funding. Building on these efforts the Seattle District created Start Next Quarter on their campus. Funding was made available to expand the use of the tool and now 18 of 34 community and technical colleges are using Start Next Quarter to help potential students' access workforce grants.


How it Helps Students
Start Next Quarter is designed to assist students in answering questions on how to start and pay for school. The survey asks questions about educational goals, income, food benefits, unemployment insurance, and other key eligibility requirements. The answers remain anonymous until the student decides they would like to connect with college staff. They then have the option to sign up for a workshop to learn more about what YVCC has to offer.


Special Funding Contacts

  • Basic Food Employment and Training Office at 509.574.4743

  • Worker Retraining Office at 509.574.4743

  • Opportunity Grant Office at 509.574.4977

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Office at 509.574.4733


Visit YVCC's website to take the survey today: Start Next Quarter: www.yvcc.edu/SNQ

January 21
YVCC’s Transforming Lives Award Nominee Analuisa Aguilera

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Olympia, WA- On Tuesday, January 28, 2015 the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges Trustees Association will be awarding five students with a Transforming Lives Award.  The Transforming Lives Award honors current students or graduates who have enhanced their lives by pursuing higher education at a community or technical college. A selection committee chooses the five finalists from a pool of 35 nominations from the state's two-year colleges.

Yakima Valley Community College is pleased to announce the nomination of YVCC student Analuisa Aguilera and is proud to recognize her for her outstanding accomplishments and continued success. Please see the attached biography for additional information.​

analuisa aguilera_bio.pdf

For additional information or to schedule an interview contact: 509.574.6870.

January 15
Fall 2014 Honor Roll

Yakima Valley Community College is pleased to announce the students who received honor roll status on the President's or Dean's List for Fall Quarter 2014. Included are the standards for these honors as well as the list of students.

Scholastic Standards

Each quarter the college recognizes outstanding academic achievement by placing students on the President's List or the Dean's List. Each of the students who meet the criteria for these designations will receive a letter and a certificate acknowledging this award. A notation of the award will also be placed on the student's permanent transcript.

President's List

To receive the President's List designation, a student must earn both of the following:

1. A quarterly grade point average of 3.85 or higher.

2. A minimum of 12 graded credits (S and CR grades not included).​

YVCC-honor roll_fall 2014_presidents list.pdf


Dean's List

To receive the Dean's List designation, a student must earn both of the following:

1. A quarterly grade point average of 3.40-3.84.

2. A minimum of 12 graded credits (S and CR grades not included).

 YVCC-honor roll_fall 2014_deans list.pdf


Part-time Students

The college is aware that some of our part-time students have also achieved significant academic success while balancing full-time jobs, family responsibilities, and college studies. Part-time students are eligible each time they complete 12 credits at YVCC and their GPA falls within the designated list for the quarter. Part-time students need to notify the Registration and Records Office each time they qualify. Dean's List and President's List notations will be posted on the transcript for the quarter in which the 12 credits are completed at YVCC.

January 12
Free Dental Sealant Day

Yakima Campus – The Yakima Valley Community College's Dental Hygiene Program is hosting the 22nd Annual Free Dental Sealant Day, Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 9:00am – 1:00pm. Patients will receive a free visual dental exam, fluoride varnish, and sealants when needed. A sealant is a safe plastic coating that is painted onto the tooth. The sealant protects the tooth from bacteria that can cause cavities. Patients age 4-21 can schedule an appointment between January 12 -February 6. Appointments must be scheduled in advance and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Spanish interpreters are available.                                                              

The Weston D. Brown Dental Hygiene Clinic is located on the Yakima Valley Community College Yakima Campus at 1015 South 16th Avenue, Yakima, WA 98902. Free Dental Sealant Day is a collaboration of YVCC, Yakima Valley Dental Hygienists and Dentists, DSHS, and the Yakima Health District. ​

For more information: 509.574.4917.

January 07
YVCC hosts FAFSA/WASFA Information Session and Workshops to Help Students Gain Access to Money for College

Yakima Campus-Yakima Valley Community College will host a FAFSA/WASFA Information Session on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 from 6:00-8:00pm in the Hopf Union Buidling (HUB). The information session will cover the financial aid application process and what information is reported on the financial aid application including step-by-step instructions. Students will then have the opportunity to attend a workshop on either Wednesday, January 21, 2015 or Thursday, January 22, 2015 to help them complete either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA). The workshops will be held in the Deccio Higher Education Center Room C236 and each day will feature sessions beginning at 2:00pm, 4:00pm, and 6:00pm. Volunteers will be available to help students and answer questions. There is no cost to attend.


FAFSA: The FAFSA is required to apply for federal financial assistance for higher education. Each year, the U.S. Department of Education provides more than $150 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds to students in need. In addition, many states and colleges use the FAFSA data to determine eligibility for state and school aid, and some private financial aid providers may use FAFSA information to determine whether students qualify for their aid.


WASFA: A new state law recently expanded the eligibility for the Washington State Need Grant to low-income, non-citizen students who meet the program's eligibility requirements and satisfy the following residency criteria:

  • Have graduated from a Washington high school or obtained a GED (or will do so before beginning college)

  • Have lived in Washington for three years prior to, and continuously since, earning the high school diploma or equivalent

  • Sign an affidavit to file an application to become a permanent resident of the United States when eligible to apply


Whether you choose a four-year university, community college, vocational or technical school, this event can help you get financial aid. Parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to attend with their student. Students may attend alone; however, they will need to bring as many of the parent/guardian items as possible.


Student should bring:

  • ​Your Social Security number and/or card (if applicable)

  • Your alien registration card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)

  • ​Your driver's license or state identification card, if you have one

  • If you were born after December 31, 1991 bring parent(s) and their 2014 income data (W-2's or year-end pay stub and/or 2014 tax return) or, if taxes have not yet be filed, 2014 year-end earnings information and a copy of the 2013 tax return.

  • If you were born before January 1992, are married, have dependents you support or are active in or a veteran of the U.S. armed services, bring your 2014 year-end income information or your 2014 year-to-date income information and a copy of your 2013 tax form.

  • Statements showing current balance/value of checking and savings accounts, stocks, bonds and real estate or other investments (but not your primary residence). 

  • Records of untaxed income such as child support received; or payments tax deferred pensions or IRS.SEP, or Keogh plans.

  • ​Records of any federal need based benefits any family member received such as SSI, food stamps, free or reduced school lunches, TANF or WIC.

​Parents/guardians should bring:

  • Your Social Security number and/or card and date of birth (if applicable)

  • Your alien registration card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)

  • Parent W-2 forms and other records of any money earned in 2014

  • Parent income tax return for 2014. If this is not available, students and families can estimate the information using 2014 year-to-day income information and a copy of the 2013 tax form and make corrections to the FAFSA at a later time.

  • Statements showing current balance/value of checking and savings accounts, stocks, bonds, and real estate or other investments (but not your primary residence).

  • Records of untaxed income such as child support received; or payments tax deferred pensions or IRS.SEP, or Keogh plans.

  • Records of any federal need based benefits any family member received such as SSI, Food Stamps, free or reduced school lunches, TANF or WIC.

These documents may not be available to all students, but do not let it discourage you from coming. Volunteers will be able to help get your FAFSA or WASFA application started with whatever information you can provide and you'll be able fill in the blanks once you have obtained all the needed information. All information and documents shared with volunteers will be kept private and confidential. Information will only be used to help students and families apply for financial aid.

For more information: 509.574.4701 or 509.574.4965.

Information provided by event coordinator, http://readysetgrad.org/wasfa, and https://studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa. ​

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